CHRIS PRESTIA, EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR, BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Chris Prestia began her publishing career at a literary agency while earning a B.F.A. in Dramatic Writing from New York University. She went on to work in the editorial, production, subsidiary rights, and contracts departments at various publishing houses before landing at JRA in 2012. As Executive Director of Business Affairs, Chris oversees the operation of the agency, leading an exceptional team of cross-trained professionals who are ready to assist our clients in all areas of the publishing process. For the past seven years, Chris has also managed the agency’s literary estates.
MICHAEL CONROY, MANAGER, BUSINESS AFFAIRS
Michael began his publishing career as a teenager shelving books in his local public library and has been working with books and their authors ever since. That obsession led him from printing to nonprofit publishing and, inevitably, to New York and the world of trade publishing. After a decade of directing production and audio departments at a prominent publishing house, he happily found his way to the doors of the Jane Rotrosen Agency. These days he’s excited to be working for our authors as part of the Business Affairs Department, helping to manage the day-to-day needs of our clients.
JULIANNE TINARI, ESQ., CONTRACTS MANAGER
Julianne joined the JRA Business Affairs team in 2012. She has a BA in English Literature, a JD from Brooklyn Law School, where she studied IP and entertainment law, and a passion for reading that has kept her buried in a book since the age of five. Her role at JRA is a perfect marriage of her legal background and bookworm proclivities.
Julianne is licensed to practice law in the State of New York.
DONALD W. CLEARY, ROYALTIES MANAGER
A true “numbers person,” Donald earned his degree in physics from Syracuse University before joining JRA in 2011. As the agency’s Royalties Manager, he trades exploring the intricacies of quantum mechanics for analyzing sales figures. When he’s not sifting through spreadsheets and royalty statements, he can be found reading the latest in nonfiction and current events.
ELLEN TISCHLER, DIRECTOR OF HUMAN RESOURCES
Ellen has been part of the JRA family since 2007 when she came on as the company’s bookkeeper. Her background includes many years of previous experience at both Caché and Lord & Taylor in their HR and leasing departments. As the Director of Human Resources, Ellen handles payroll, financial document support, and administers employee benefits, among other responsibilities. Ellen received her BA in Business Administration from Marywood University with a concentration in Management.
GENA LOUQUE, OFFICE ASSISTANT
Gena interned at various newspapers, radio stations, and magazines before graduating with a BA in Mass Communication and Media Studies from Arizona State University. Ultimately, her love of books brought her from her native California to New York and JRA. As the agency’s office assistant, Gena helps keep the office running smoothly while happily learning all she can about the world of publishing.